Wungening Leading the Way Forward with ReSet Consortium
Wungening Aboriginal Corporation the lead agency with partners Centrecare Incorporated, St Bartholomew's House Incorporated, and the Wirrpanda Foundation Limited is leading the way forward for people incarcerated and exiting prisons in Western Australia. The ReSet Consortium are providing Family Visitor Centre services, parenting programs, reintegration services, employment training and access to employment to medium to high risk Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal male and female offenders exiting six prisons in Perth as well as referred offenders transitioning to the metro region. The ReSet service model is based on the delivery of throughcare for the offender using an integrated care approach to support the client to deal with barriers from a range of social, health, economic and personal challenges in post release. Throughcare building on an offender’s access to support whilst in prison and in the transition period from pre-release to being back in the community, with the aim of reducing recidivism. The model is offender-centric and built around a range of evidence-based approaches that deliver outcomes in offender support and reintegration. A holistic service response is a key component of individualised care as it reflects a broad understanding of the life circumstances of individuals in treatment and support and recognises the importance of responding to diversity in the population. Holistic practice requires cultural competence, gender sensitivity, family inclusiveness, and ability to work with a range of ages and cognitive abilities. It also requires genuine partnerships, who challenge each other, learn, change and provide integrated service delivery. Wungening and Partners showcasing our service.
Wungening Aboriginal Corporation
Chief Executive Officer
Daniel Morrison (40) is a Noongar/Yamitji man from Perth Western Australia. He’s a family man with a partner and two children. Daniel is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Wungening Aboriginal Corporation based in Perth.
During the past nine years Daniel has provided strong leadership as Wungening CEO to significantly improving Wungening governance, staff retention rates, compliance and reputation across the human services sector. The respect Wungening has gained within the Aboriginal community, the community services and government sectors, is evidenced through our increased service footprint and massive growth of our annual revenue from $1.8 to $20.4 million (2010 – 2019). Daniel has grown the Wungening workforce from 22 to 180 staff, including 70% Aboriginal staff.
Wungening has received recognition through various sector awards namely;
• June 2016 Daniel won the prestigious NAIDOC Outstanding Achievement Award in recognition for his significant contribution to the development and empowerment of Perth’s Aboriginal communities over a five year period. The recipient has to have demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision, and cultural integrity.
• More recently in 2018 he was a winner of 40 under 40 awarded by WA Business News.
By growing the organisation, Wungening has increased choices for Aboriginal people. Originally an alcohol and drug counselling service, Wungening has built a solid foundation, getting stakeholders on board and securing diverse funding to deliver new service areas – youth/adult justice, child protection and a new service model for Wungening refuge for women and children escaping family violence; and early intervention for children and families.
Leanne comes from Geraldton and is mother to three children and has three grandchildren. Leanne currently manages a wide range of Centrecare’s services the Adult Justice Services (ReSet), Youth Justice Services (BeyondYJS), Cannington/Armadale Family Support Network, Stronger Together Intensive Family Support Services, housing and homelessness services such as Entrypoint Perth, Centrecare Family Accommodation Service and housing support worker services along with two Child and Parent Centres, settlement services including a Humanitarian Settlement Program and children’s outreach counselling services. Leanne holds the following qualifications:
• Bachelor of Social Work
• Advanced Certificate in Human Services (Disabilities)
• Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Housing Management and Policy
Leanne has diverse experience in the social services sector, including tenancy support services in social housing, Family Support Networks, intensive family support services, humanitarian settlement programs, adult justice programs, youth justice services, homelessness programs, domestic violence programs, out of home care for Aboriginal children, Aboriginal specific outreach services, victim support services, substance abuse services, general counselling, substance abuse services and general outreach services. All of these services have target groups with challenging behaviours. Leanne was also employed by the Disability Services Commission as a social trainer for five years prior to her commencement at Centrecare. She has worked for Centrecare for over 25 years in senior management positions and has developed a strong understanding of the local needs of the community and effective responses. She is responsible for staffing, service delivery including practice models and approaches, and staff professional development.